Video: How To Play Expressive Lead Guitar Licks Using The Mixolydian b6 Mode

Learning how to play excellent lead guitar licks is all about mastering the ability to command emotion with the way you phrase your ideas.

For example:

Ever wished you could play emotional lead guitar licks that sound impressive and create a sense of melancholy?

No problem, the Mixolydian b6 mode is perfectly set up for this.

What exactly is Mixolydian b6 mode? It's the 5th mode of melodic minor.

This mode is put together in a way that creates a lot of emotional and creative potential for you to use to make your lead guitar licks sound very emotional captivating... and it doesn't require advanced soloing skills or tons of speed.

Let me show you how to use this cool musical mode to create lead guitar licks and solos that will make anyone listening shed a tear...

Check out this lead guitar video to learn how to use the Mixolydian flat 6 mode to make your lead guitar licks drip with emotion:

Click on the video to begin watching it.

Now you know how to play better lead guitar licks using the emotionally powerful Mixolydian b6 mode.

Here are some more tips to help you use what you learned to play better lead guitar licks than ever:

How To Play Fast Lead Guitar Licks That Are Higher-Quality

1. While playing notes that are higher in pitch, select the neck pick up. Do this by switching the the pickup selector all the way to the top position.

This makes the tone smoother.

The bridge pickup helps make your rhythm guitar (and playing in the lower pitch range) sound good, but it has the effect of making higher range notes sound too thinned out.

2. Focus on your rhythmic timing.

It’s common that lead guitar players stay on the beat some of the time but are ahead of behind other times. This applies to both rhythm guitar licks and lead guitar licks.

How do you improve this?

Make improving your timing a higher priority whenever you play. Try to divide up your focus between playing the notes and being ready for when the next beat of the metronome arrives. Using recording software helps you see and hear inconsistencies.

3. Don’t practice a lot using generic chromatic exercises.

It can be very easy to fall into the trap of practicing these types of lead guitar licks in a mindless way since they don't have any particular musical purpose or application.

You rarely play chromatic lead guitar licks like this in music

It's true!

Working on this mostly just improves your ability to play these types of chromatic lead guitar licks, but not much else.

Your practice time can be used much more efficiently by working on items that actually can be applied into music and are in-line with helping you develop the skills you need to reach your musical goals.

4. Develop consistently clean muting technique.

To get rid of string noise so your lead guitar licks sound great, use the index finger of the fretting hand to mute the strings that are right above the one you are playing.

So, if you are playing the A string, have the index finger covering the D and G strings to keep them from causing noise.

How To Stop Getting Lost On The Fretboard During Lead Guitar Licks And Solos

Ever feel like your lead guitar licks and solos start to become lost and you end up missing notes or playing out-of-key?

Learning how to visualize the fretboard is crucial for playing guitar licks and lead guitar solos that flow from note to note.

This is where you want your lead guitar skills to be.

Try this out:

Focus on getting better at visualizing the scale shape you are moving into before you start to move your guitar licks in that direction.

To practice this skill, work on using scale shapes that begin in close positions at first.

For instance, practice improvising lead guitar licks using the a 3 note per string C Mixolydian b6 scale beginning on the 3rd fret of the A string within a single octave. Do this for 10-20 repetitions.

Then practice playing lead guitar licks using the 3 note per string G Mixolydian scale beginning on the 10th fret of the A string within a single octave. Do this for a minute.

Note: G Lydian Dominant is within the same parent mode as Mixolydian b6 and uses the same notes, only it starts from the 10th fret.

For the next minute, mix both scale shapes together.

Over time, slowly expand your fretboard coverage by adding more notes from the same mode in this manner.

This helps you expand your lead guitar licks to begin stepping outside of your comfort zone while helping your to train your phrasing. This is essential practice for playing more creative guitar licks over time.

An Essential Recommendation For All Serious Lead Guitar Players:

Start taking lessons with a guitar teacher instead of learning by yourself.

It's discouraging to find yourself stuck in your path towards your lead guitar goals and unaware of what you ought to do to improve without someone experienced to instruct you.

This makes improving your lead guitar licks and soloing skills seem tiring and demotivating rather than exciting - like it should be.

This is very crucial for helping you make bursts of progress, because a fantastic guitar teacher is reliable at getting you to understand where you are going wrong, improve any sloppy habits and get new ideas about playing guitar that you may not have discovered if you learned totally by yourself.

I have given instruction for many years to thousands of guitarists worldwide and am very proud of the guitar playing wins I have been honored to get for them.

This is what my students say about taking lessons and how it changed their musical lives:



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